Goldfields - Goldfields Track

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Goldfields Track

The Goldfields Track is a stunning point to point shared use Bushwalking and Mountain Bike track between Ballarat and Bendigo in the Goldfields region of central Victoria.

On this walking tour, we walk on a well maintained track, which winds through some of Victoria's best goldrush history, passing old gold mines, overgrown mine shafts, stone chimney ruins, water races and other relics of the 1850's goldrush.

The Goldfields Track crosses the Great Dividing Range, with the southern side of the range wetter and cooler and covered in tall forests with a lush understory filled with numerous wallabies and birds. On the northern side of the range it is drier and warm and the bush is Box-Ironbark forest with its unique fauna

You walk through Australia's largest concentration of mineral springs, and stay in the Spa towns of Daylesford/Hepburn Springs. On our walk you can taste the waters from the mineral springs we pass along the way.

Walking from Daylesford, you take in the forests and farmland of the Central Highlands before entering the old gold mining country of the Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park, then into Castlemaine.

We stay in a luxurious 19th century hotel in Ballarat, that many a Royal and Statesmen has overnighted in, and an icon hotel in Hepburn Springs.

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Itinerary

DAY 1

We meet you at 07.45am in the Southern Cross Railway Station, Melbourne for your fast comfortable train journey to Ballarat.
On arrival in Ballarat, we move to Mt Buninyong, the start point of our Goldfields Track walking adventure.

The Goldfields Track consists of 3 tracks:

  • Wallaby Track, (Buninyong - Daylesford)
  • Dry Diggings Track (Daylesford - Castlemaine)
  • Leanganook Track (Castlemaine - Bendigo)

We will walk on sections of the Wallaby and Dry Diggings tracks of the Goldfields Track.

Wallaby Track walks available are:

  1. Mt Buninyong walk,
  2. Creswick Miners walk,
  3. Anderson's Tramway walk, and
  4. Wombat Forest walk.

Starting on the Wallaby track at Mt Buninyong you get splendid views of the surrounding countryside, as you walk near the town of Creswick you traverse through forests and over old goldfields before entering Daylesford.

From Daylesford you walk through Hepburn Regional Park and Wombat State Forest on the top of the Great Dividing Range, the track meanders beside creeks, mineral springs, tall eucalyptus forests, through an old railway cutting and passes by rich red-soiled potato paddocks.

Total walking distance for the day is no longer than 15 km.

Dry Diggings Track walks available are:

  1. Tipperary walk,
  2. Mt Franklin View walk,
  3. Gold Mountain walk, and
  4. Cry Joe walk.

Starting on the outskirts of Daylesford, The Tipperary walk contours on steep slopes through pleasant bush following watercourses on the outskirts of the twin gold rush and mineral spa towns or Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The Mt Franklin View walk largely follows rough 4WD tracks through scrubby box forest, and the Cry Joe walk offers a fascinating insight into the gold rush era, traversing narrow high-walled gullies pockmarked with mine shafts and riddled with stone ruins.

Total walking distance for the day is no longer than 15 km.

Our Point of Difference to the other walking tours:

  1. You will walk with an experienced Eco guide, who will interpret the Wildlife/Birds, Native plants/ Wildflowers in season, Geology and Ecology, Aboriginal and European history and culture of the area being walked.
  2. We are a Ecotourism Certified tour operator (Genuine Green Sustainable Tourism) This Goldfields Track Walking tour is Ecotourism Certified by Ecotourism Australia.
  3. All Meals are in cafes or restaurants in nearby towns, where you can enjoy the local food and drinks.
  4. Minimum 4 Star accommodation, so you get a good night’s rest.
  5. All your luggage is taken care of, no need to worry.
  6. Walks to suit all levels of fitness.

Prices and Departures

Golden Nugget Discovery tours offer Half Day, 1, 2 & 3 day walking tours along this marvellous track.

Half Day Walking Tour

Adult $118 per person
Child $65 per child (6-15 yrs)

Departs 8am


 

1 Day Walking Tour

Adult $217 per person
Child $127 per child (6-15 yrs)

Departs 8am


2 & 3 Day Walking tour packages

Each package includes a tour guide, all meals and all accommodation

2 Day Walking Tour Package

Adult Twin Share per person $685
Adult Single $1082
Child: $391 (6 - 15 years)

Departs 8am

3 Day Walking Tour Package

Adult Twin Share per person $1078
Adult Single $1859
Child $645 (6 - 15 years)
Departs 8am


Pickup/Drop off - Ballarat / Creswick / Daylesford accommodation
Melbourne customers Pickup – Ballarat or Ballan Railway Station / Drop off – Ballarat or Ballan or Castlemaine Railway Station depending on walking tour.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

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